Holiness is good for you, but it’s not for me?

Just read this excellent insight on holiness and the doctrine of sanctification from Josh Harris in his book Dug Down Deep;

‘I used to think that sanctification was a matter of personal style. Like some sort of spiritual hobby that certain Christians were really into. Some Christians are into holiness, while others might make evangelism or Scripture memory or potlucks their thing.

But that’s not how the Bible talks about sanctification. God’s Word teaches that sanctification isn’t optional for believers. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Strive for… holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” That verse always sobers me. It says that if there isn’t some degree of holiness in our lives, there’s a real question of whether we’ve truly experienced God’s saving work. If we don’t love what Jesus loves, if we don’t want to be like him, then maybe we’ve never really met him.

This isn’t to say that our good works earn salvation – we are saved only by grace (Ephesians 2:8). But the way we live proves the reality of our salvation. If a person has truly been saved, truly been justified by grace, it shows in a new lifestyle. Every genuine Christian is being sanctified. The process might be slow, it might move ahead in fits and starts, but if we’ve been justified, we will also begin to be sanctified.’


One response to this post.

  1. Well said.

    Our actions are inspired from God, they are not us trying to please Him. Holiness is a journey we are all on, and we are in an environment of change thanks to our Liberator.


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